Trae is starting to make white oak baskets again. He's made several in the past, has all the tools, and now that we live in a place where we have more room for projects, he's been wanting to get busy. First step? Find a white oak tree.
Spring is the best time of year to cut a tree for basketmaking because that's when the sap begins to run, making the wood easier to cut and the bark easier to take off.
We'll use the entire tree eventually, but we only use the straightest and thickest portion for making baskets (the picture to the left). This portion of the tree has fewer knots, making it easier to split.
The rest of the tree, we'll use for firewood this winter. We cut the tree on my parent's property -- and they've got a big fireplace that will need wood!
Here's a white oak basket Trae made a few years ago. It's not finished yet, but as soon as we get the weavers (the thin strips that are used to weave the bottom) split out, he can finish this one. As we complete more of the basketmaking process, I'll post more pictures!